New World Ocean mapping project | NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030

NF-GEBCO Seabed 2030 – which will facilitate the complete mapping of the ocean floor by the year 2030 – as announced by Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation (NF) at the UN Ocean Conference in New York on 6 June – is a collaborative project between the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and The Nippon Foundation. GEBCO is the only long-term international project with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor. The Nippon Foundation will contribute US$ 18.5 million for the first ten years of the project. The aspiration is for Seabed 2030 to compile all available and newly collected bathymetric data into a high quality, high resolution digital model of the ocean floor and to promote international efforts to collect new data. The work will be done through the establishment of four Regional Data Assembly and Coordination Centres (RDACCs) and a Global Data Assembly and Coordination Centre (GDACC) based at the British Oceanographic Data Centre, National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom. The RDACCs will be based at: the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany, covering the Southern Ocean; the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand, covering the South and West Pacific Ocean; the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA, covering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans; and the Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden, for the North Pacific and Arctic Ocean.

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